Cast Away

Tom Hanks.

Powerful, brutal, and mature drama is emotionally intense.
Common Sense Media

Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson. Will Chuck ever return to civilization and reunite with his loved ones?

Except for the bookended story, the majority of the film is Tom Hanks alone on an island. A drama about loneliness and survival; expertly performed, engagingly crafted. The film is entertaining, skillfully constructed, and impressively textured. It is impossible to think of this film without Tom Hanks. Only he could carry this film to such great success. And he won the awards for it.

USA 2000, 146 min, M
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy & Chris Noth

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